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Chemistry (BS)


From the wonder of covalent bonds to the intricacy of DNA, chemistry touches every aspect of the life we live and the world we help to create. At SVSU, students study these bonds and relationships up close. Together, new students share the thrill of discovery as they explore the limitless realm of chemistry. Whether through assisting faculty with research or conducting their own, SVSU students not only conquer the classroom but discover the world beyond it. SVSU's Chemistry program prepares students for professional school, graduate study or direct entry into the workplace — basically, chemistry can take students anywhere they want to go.

Cardinal Points

  • Chemistry majors are active in faculty-led research projects investigating pharmaceutical synthesis and action, transition metal complexes and chemical gardens, as well as a part of the Saginaw Bay Environmental Institute. 

  • SVSU's instructional facilities feature modern and well-equipped laboratories that have major equipment available for separation and analysis, spectroscopy, surface analysis and more.  

  • The Department of Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society, a scientific group with nearly 200,000 members that provides educational guidance and technical support. 

The academic options at SVSU blend rigorous study in the classroom with creative and empowering training in the lab. Whether students have a passion for organic and inorganic chemistry or prefer something in the physical, analytical or environmental chemistries—SVSU offers the support students need to cultivate their passion and thrive.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Dow Chemical Company
Dow DuPont
Cul-Mac Industries
Michigan Health Information Alliance
Chelsea Milling Company
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
Nexteer Automotive
Michigan State Police
Spicer Group

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University
University of Missouri
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin
University of North Carolina
Wayne State University
Baylor University

Career Opportunities

Environmental Scientist
Medicinal Chemist
Patent Lawyer/Reviewer
Forensic Scientist
Polymer Chemist
Material Scientist
Quality Manager
Reactor Technologist
Product Manager

  • 7% projected growth for employment of chemists and materials scientists with a bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $78,330 is the median yearly pay for a chemist in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from SVSU, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in the government sector, as well as private and public industries with job titles that range from an environmental engineer to a chemical process operating technician and more.

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.